Fun book, big words and lots of physics, plus plenty of achealogy, characters are fun and realistic, story is cool too (=
It is a sci-fy but read more like a mystry/romance
more science than fiction, but a good read.
Indiana Jones meets Particle Physics, June 13, 2004
Reviewer: a reader (Bloomington, IN USA)
Perhaps I'm biased because I like Benford's style: I couldn't put the book down. I read it straight through, just stopping once for lunch. It's not Benford's best book because his others are all so great, but it was much better than I expected after reading the other reviews here. Benford mixes in plenty of realistic science, archeology, and university politics with the action of the plot. At the end of the book, an interesting "Technical Afterword" puts the sci-fi in context with "real" physics.
My favorite line from the book is typical Benford: "He had noted that the noise in a room rose as the square of the number of people in it..."
A Sci-Fi Epic that actually grabbed my wife who hates Sci-Fi.
quite involved story - it encompasses science & archeaology. Benford is a good storyteller with a knack for dialog.
A small cube of black rock has been unearthed in a 3500-year-old Mycenaean tomb.
An incomprehensible object in an impossible place; its age,its purpose, and its origins are unknown.
Its discovery has unleashed a global storm of intrigue, theft andespionage, and is pushing nations to the brink of war.
Its substance has scientists baffled. And the miracle it contains does not belong on this Earth.
It is mystery and madness -- an enigma with no equal in recordedhistory